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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Playing Well With Others?

In the legends of the University of Chicago, the late, irrepressible Jason Aronson etched a memorable place with a dissertation that encompassed Louis Hartz and the Earl of Shaftsbury: “Hartz, Shaftsbury, and Marx: An Unsuitable Trio.” But just a couple of weeks ago, Aronson’s strange grouping was superseded by what could be called an Unsuitable or Implausible Quintet: Roberts, Stevens, Souter, Breyer, Ginsburg.

Hadley Arkes

It looks like Ann Coulter was right about Roberts. What was that Kool-aid about voting for Republicans to get originalists or even quasi-originalists on the court? The Republicans have a 4 in 11 record since Nixon (and I'm being extremely generous by giving Nixon credit for Rhenquist). I wonder how long the GOP will keep trying to pump that particular canard.


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